Iran and Azerbaijan talk of strengthened media ties
Rebecca Hawkes ©RapidTVNews | 07-12-2011
Expanding media relations with neighbouring Azerbaijan is a priority for Iran, a senior official said this week, calling for closer and deeper cultural relations between Tehran and Baku.
"Islamic unity among the regional countries can prevent the colonial purposes of the arrogant powers and the Zionist regime and help the establishment of a new Middle East based on the people's votes," Iranian deputy Culture Minister for press affairs Mohammad-Jafar Mohammadzadeh is quoted as saying by the official news agency IRNA.
His remarks came during a visit to Tehran of Ali Hassanov, head of the public and political affairs department at the presidential administration of Azerbaijan.
"Hostile media are trying to disturb good relations between the Iranian media and the Azerbaijan Republic media," Hassanov added.
Ali Hassanov also met with the head of Iran's national broadcaster, IRIB, during his visit to Tehran.
A memorandum of understanding on bilateral media cooperation, dating back to February 2007 was agreed by Azerbaijan's minister of communications and information technology, Ali Abbasov, and the head of the Iranian State Broadcasting Agency, Ezzatollah Zarghami.
Iran and Azerbaijan both have majority Shi'a populations and, according to IRNA, share many cultural connections.